We got up and took off for the day, traveling south on the 77 so that we could follow along the Blue Ridge Parkway. This is a pretty amazing stretch of road that has absolutely no signs, services or anything other than trees and fields. It is a Parkway in the true sense of the word. We loved driving down the road and seeing only the beautiful country side. It was sparsely traveled and lovely road so Florian found it relaxing to travel on. It was slow going as the speed limit was only 45 at the most and less where turns were required to accommodate terrain. We stopped at the Mabry Mill and Pond to check out a slice of history. Florian enjoyed seeing how the machinery worked.
We finally veered off the Parkway to visit our first Winery: Chateau Morrissette. This place was truly beautiful, with great wines and friendly accommodating staff, including Lucky, their black Labrador retriever. Livi had fun feeding him tiny crackers and coloring while we sampled 10 or so lovely wines. We did buy a couple of bottles for taking to friends’ homes down the road.
Through a typical husband/wife miscommunication, we ended up passing our intended we did not end up at the lovely KOA in Natural Bridge, but instead, ended up at the rustic Long’s Campground in Lexington. No matter. The people there were very friendly and the manager turned out to be from Plainview, NY, near where I went to high school. We had fun reminiscing while he helped me do some business.